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ON THE BOOKSHELVES TUESDAY 6/14/2011

BY , JUNE 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week. 

Historical RomanceMystery/Suspense/Thriller
  
 When Passion Rules
by Johanna Lindsey

“She takes a classic captive/captor theme and fairy-tale elements and weaves them into a love story that will resonate with readers.”
  Stagestruck
by Peter Lovesey

“Lovesey’s lovable technophobe believes in investigating the hard way, and the result is a classic police procedural filled with red herrings, unexpected twists and a delightful cast.”
       

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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY , JUNE 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

AUTO BUY AUTHORS

Paranormal Romance - Gena Showalter will be releasing four more in her popular Lords of the Underworld series. She will also be working with Harlequin on a brand new series that netted her a seven-figure deal. 

Contemporary Romance - Bestselling author Sherryl Woods has also just signed a seven-figure deal for her next six novels, and we can’t wait for more of her special brand of modern-day love!

Erotica – Those looking to spice up their reading habits are in luck, Berkley Heat has just announced that they will be publishing two more contemporary erotic romances from the sizzling pen of Lauren Dane


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Erica Bauermeister On The Multiple Main Characters In Joy For Beginners

BY , JUNE 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mainstream author Erica Bauermeister gives readers an insider's look at her new release, Joy for Beginners. Today she chats about the bond that she formed with each of the seven main characters in the tale as she brought them to life for the story. 

As the fourth of five deeply idiosyncratic siblings, as someone who has lived in Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, and an ancient walled city in northern Italy, contemplating the world through someone else's point of view has always been a crucial life skill for me. As a result, while many people are interested in the right and wrong of someone's opinions, I have always been more drawn by the why. In college in the 1970s, two of my favorite books were Anne Tyler's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury — both tales told through multiple narrators, with sympathy given to every one. I found the structure of those novels to be a mirror for how I saw the world, as a whole constructed of often wildly varying perspectives.


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 6/10/2011

BY , JUNE 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your last week Behind the Palace Walls?

Here's what you missed on the RT website.

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Hannah Howell's hero has a powerful secret weapon. Learn What It Is >>

MAINSTREAM: This book was inspired by the author's experiences travelling. Which Novel Is It? >> 

PARANORMAL: Amanda Havard goes behind the scenes of her debut novel. Get The Insider Details >>


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Four Damsels In Disguise From Harlequin Historical

BY , JUNE 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Harlequin introduces readers to four historical heroines who find themselves in situations where they must pretend to be something they are not. From Regency ballrooms to the Wyoming frontier, find out how these women end up in these situations – with sometimes hilarious outcomes!

 

Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess
By Christine Merrill

To investigate her cousin’s suspicious death, heroine Daphne Collingham poses as the governess to the widowed Lord Colton’s youngsters— despite lacking any knowledge about how to raise children. Will Daphne be able to juggle her feisty charges, the feelings that she develops for their father and solve the mystery?


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D.P. Lyle Asks "Can Too Much Forensic Science Smother Your Fiction?"

BY , JUNE 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month D.P. Lyle continues his popular Dub Walker series with the thriller Hot Lights, Cold Steel. His new mystery has Lyle pondering when too much science is just that — too much. Aspiring authors and mystery fans can read the author's conclusions in this special post. 

If you write crime fiction in any genre--hard boiled, cozy, thriller, romantic, literary--you must have some knowledge of forensic science. Even if your story doesn’t include DNA or fingerprints or toxicology or autopsies or any of the other forensic techniques, you have to know what’s out there. Failure to do so can sink your story.


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Extended Excerpt: David Baldacci's One Summer

BY , JUNE 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author David Baldacci is best known for his thrilling mysteries but this month the author is tugging on our heartstrings with his mainstream novel, One Summer. Check out the first two pages of the story below and don’t miss the special treat at the end of this post!

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Jack Armstrong sat up in the secondhand hospital bed that had been wedged into a corner of the den in his home in Cleveland. A father at nineteen, he and his wife, Lizzie, had conceived their second child when he’d been home on leave from the army. Jack had been in the military for five years when the war in the Middle East started. He’d survived his first tour in Afghanistan and earned a Purple Heart for taking one in the arm. After that he’d weathered several tours of duty in Iraq, one of which included the destruction of his Humvee while he was still inside. That injury had won him his second Purple. And he had a bronze star on top of that for rescuing three ambushed grunts from his unit and nearly getting killed in the process. After all that, here he was, dying fast in his cheaply paneled den in Ohio’s Rust belt.


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We Announce RT's Seal Of Excellence Award-Winning Book For The Month Of June!

BY , JUNE 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors select one book that is not only compelling but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction and stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in its latest issue and online. 

“Because of the sheer number of books we review each month in RT Book Reviews we have a unique perspective on which one is destined for the keeper shelf and therefore deserves our Seal of Excellence,” says Carol Stacy, Publisher and Internet Director. “It is our intention to share this gem with readers and draw attention to a fantastic book they might not otherwise pick up.“


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New Forum: What Women Want With Author Faith V. Smith

BY , JUNE 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today author Faith V. Smith kicks off her new thread on the RT Forums, “What Women Want” by sharing some of her thoughts about romance — and a few of her favorite heroes!

What does a girl want? My, that is a loaded question! I personally think women of all ages want a bit of romance. Of course, we can and have found it with the boy next door, the man of our dreams, the one and only that can make our hearts beat so fast we fear we'll pass out, or the man who can make you melt in a puddle of want. Yes, my readers, there is romance out there for everyone. It might be a candle fully lit, one already dimmed by years of togetherness, or one that is a memory of a love that has gone on to Heaven's gates, but beneath the trials and tribulations of life, there has to be the hope that someone, somewhere out there is the right frog.


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Video Interview With The Survivors Author Amanda Havard!

BY , JUNE 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Debut author Amanda Havard will thrill readers with her paranormal story, The Survivors, an RT Top pick! Today the author chats with RT's Whitney Sullivan about her supernatural saga, and goes behind the scenes to give readers a special look at what they can expect from the tale — and what's coming next!


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